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Soybean Weekly Update - January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017

ISB Seeks Soybean Farmers Interested in USB Nomination

The Illinois Soybean Board (ISB) is looking for farmers interested in filling one of Illinois' four director positions with the United Soybean Board (USB).  Gary Berg, soybean farmer from St. Elmo, Ill., is eligible for another term.  Any soybean farmer who is affected by the soybean checkoff is eligible to serve.  To be considered for the national leadership position, farmers must complete the required application and "Agreement to Serve" statement and return them to the ISA office by Feb. 20. ISB will submit to USDA a "first preferred choice nominee" and "first choice alternate nominee” for the open position.  The Secretary of Agriculture will make final appointments, and the chosen individual will begin serving a three-year term in December 2017.  Each individual appointed is eligible to serve a total of three terms.  Download the application and "Agreement to Serve" here or call 309-663-7692.

ISA Sponsors Seminars This Week at Illinois Pork Expo

Would pork production fit your farm and family?  Learn more during educational seminars Feb. 1 at the 2017 Illinois Pork Expo in Springfield, sponsored in part by the ISA checkoff program.  ISA supports growth for pig farmers, who use nearly three-fourths of the soybean meal fed in Illinois. Register now.

Still Time to Register for Peoria Soybean Summit

The registration deadline for the ILSoyAdvisor.com Soybean Summit to be held in Peoria is Feb. 2.  The Summit, funded in part by the ISA checkoff program, will be held Feb. 16 at the Peoria Civic Center, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  The free event will update soybean farmers about the latest management techniques that can lead to higher soybean yields and greater profitability, while also protecting the environment through sustainable practices.  Click here for the agenda and register online.

Farmers Invited to Attend Free Double-Crop Conference

If you grow wheat and double-crop soybeans and want to learn how to improve yield and profitability, attend the second annual double-crop conference in Mt. Vernon, Ill., Feb. 8.  Hosted by the ISA checkoff program and Illinois Wheat Association (IWA), the conference will bring together growers and industry to talk about challenges and solutions when double-cropping. The day-long meeting is free to ISA and IWA members, and includes lunch. Click here for the agenda and here to register.

Crop Sciences Scholarship Applications Due Feb. 1

Students entering their junior year of college in Illinois next fall and studying crop sciences or a related major are encouraged to apply for the ISA checkoff program crop sciences scholarship. The scholarship is offered each year in coordination with the Illinois Agricultural Association (IAA) Foundation, and is open to students studying at one of the state's four agriculture universities: Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Illinois and Western Illinois University.  For more information, visit www.iaafoundation.org/Scholarships or contact Angel Terrell at 309-808-3600.

RSVP by Feb. 1 to Attend ISG Annual Meeting

All Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) members are invited to attend the ISG Policy Session, Feb. 10, at the ISA office in Bloomington, from 8 a.m.–11 a.m.  The purpose is to allow ISG members and the ISG Board of Directors to review current American Soybean Association (ASA) resolutions for changes and amendments that will be presented at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, in March.  The resolutions are available for viewing at www.ilsoygrowers.com by clicking on "Download 2016 ASA Resolutions" at the top of the home page.  You also may contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 and she will email you the file.  Also pursuant to Article 3, Section 3, of the ISG Bylaws, notice is hereby given that the annual meeting will be held Feb. 10 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at the ISA office.  The purpose is to provide reports on association activities, approve the acts and deeds of the directors and staff, and to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.  ISG members are invited to lunch from 12 p.m.–1 p.m.  RSVP to Dustin Scott at 309-808-3603 by Feb. 1 if you plan to attend. 

ISA Supports Chicago Public School Student Pig Adventure

The Illinois Pork Producers Association is partnering with the ISA checkoff program, Illinois Corn Marketing Board and Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation to send fourth and fifth grade Chicago Public School students on the Pig Adventure and Crop Adventure at Fair Oaks Farm in Fair Oaks, Ind.  A video from one field trip this fall shows how students responded to learning where their food comes from and building trust in farmers.  Pigs are the primary market for Illinois soybean meal.

Research Effort Needs Help from Illinois Soybean Farmers

A multi-state research project funded by the North Central Soybean Research Program is looking for help from Illinois soybean farmers.  University of Illinois researchers need data on at least 500 Illinois soybean fields for each of the crop years 2014 through 2017.  Farmers are asked to provide information on up to four soybean fields.  The form requests field location, planting date, variety and seeding rate.  Most farmers will be able to record information for a field in 10-15 minutes.  The goal is to have thousands of fields in a large database to see how soil, weather and management interact to produce yield.  Anyone who fills out forms and returns a request will receive a $50 gift card.  Farmers who want to participate can go online or contact Emerson Nafziger for a form at ednaf@illinois.edu.

EPA Releases 2016 Biodiesel Data

Figures from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicate the United States is producing record amounts of biodiesel, while foreign imports make up one-third of the market.  Notable stats include:
  • U.S. domestic biodiesel production reached 1.8 billion gallons, up from 1.4 billion in 2015.
  • Total U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel use reached 2.9 billion gallons, up from 2.1 billion.
  • Imports increased to more than one billion gallons, up from 670 million gallons in 2015.
More information from the National Biodiesel Board is available here.

Potential Biological Control Agents Found for Soybean Fungal Diseases

Fungal diseases account for approximately 10 percent of annual corn and soybean yield losses.  When certain mycoviruses infect those fungi, they can become less virulent – good news for crop yields.  Those forms were the targets of a recent investigation by University of Illinois and USDA-ARS virologist Leslie Domier.  Computer studies involving the genetic material, DNA and RNA from five major types of plant-pathogenic fungi show it may be possible for these viruses to be used as biological control agents.  One day, the encapsidated forms they discovered may be sprinkled on a field to kill pathogenic fungi and improve soybean yield.  The article is published in the Journal of Virology.

ILSoyAdvisor February Webinar Features Pest Management

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and sudden death syndrome (SDS) management will be covered in the IlSoyAdvisor webinar Feb. 22 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m.  Jason Bond, plant pathologist at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Nick Tinsley, SeedGrowth technical representative at Bayer CropScience, will review the environment these pests require, symptoms and impact on yield, conventional management practices and the beneficial impact of today’s new seed and seed treatments.  One continuing education unit (CEU) in integrated pest management is available. Sign up here.

University of Illinois Plant Clinic Releases Herbicide Resistance Report

Nearly 600 field samples, including 378 from Illinois and representing approximately 2,000 waterhemp or Palmer amaranth plants, were tested for herbicide resistance at the University of Illinois Plant Clinic in 2016.  Tests show that 48 percent of Illinois samples showed resistance to both glyphosate and PPO Inhibitors.  Read the testing results from 10 states across the Midwest here.

Heath Houck Joins Voice for Soy Advocacy Champions Roster

Heath Houck, former ISA Soy Ambassador, recently joined a critical group of standout farmers who have personally encouraged others to advocate through Voice for Soy.  Houck and six other Advocacy Champions are driving change in Springfield and Washington, D.C.  Click here to check out Houck’s new profile and learn about all of the Advocacy Champions.  Are you interested in advocacy leadership? Amplify your voice by becoming a Voice for Soy Advocacy Champion.  Email Allison Dukes.

Consider Membership Program Options

To bring farmers the most value possible, ISG now has two membership options: policy membership and informational membership.  Membership in ASA is included with both options.  Contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 or 888-826-4011 for more details and to join or renew.  

Tweet of the Week

ILSoyAdvisor.com Summits are coming up fast. Be sure to register soon for the Effingham Summit on Feb. 3. http://www.ilsoy.org/summit.